33 things


  1. Straight Away: Check your booking confirmation or itinerary for any discrepancies - it is essential that the first and family names you gave us (which appear on this Booking Confirmation or Itinerary) are exactly as they appear in each passengers passport. You must advise us immediately if this is not the case. There are many restrictions on changing names with airlines and where possible it is always at a cost. 
  2. Start thinking about where you're going to stay. We've got exclusive deals on hotels, cars, campervans and tours around the world. In Australia New Zealand The Pacific Asia Latin America Middle East Africa USA or Canada. You can custom design your own eBrochure here by selecting only the pages you want to see. Just click on one of the thumbnails, browse our eBrochures online, and your chosen pages will then be emailed to you via our eBrochure service. And it's free.
  3. Please ensure that you have all the required travel documents for your entire journey i.e. a valid machine readable passport (with at least 6 months validity left & please note a new passport can take a minimum of 10 days to issue
  4. f you're travelling to the USA - The USA has changed its entry procedures for travellers to the USA: From the 1st November 2010 all passengers must have Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) in their booking, as well as obtain an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) which can be obtained online, is valid for two years and costs $14 here. Failure to do so will mean you will not be checked in and refused permission to fly. For SFPD for each passenger, we now need your date of birth, gender (M/F) and full names (Surname, First Name and Middle Name as per your passport). Please email it to us immediately after booking in the following format SI.P1/DOCS*////13JAN76/M//SMITH/JOHN/GEOFFREY Where 13JAN76 = date of birth, M = gender, SMITH = surname, JOHN = first name and GEOFFREY = middle name. We will then transmit this SFPD information to the US Security Department through your RTW booking.
  5. Buy a decent RTW travel insurance, such as our one! A cheap policy that leaves you uncovered can cost you far, far more in the long run. (check that it covers you for the duration of your trip, all areas you’ll be visiting and any risky activities (such as skydiving) you may intend to partake in). roundtheworldflights.com's insurance has cancellation cover from the moment it is booked and issued.
  6. If you’ve not done so already, buy some guidebooks and give them a proper read to get an insight into the history and culture of the places you’ll be visiting – as well as getting ideas of what you want to see and do. Start pencilling in a few probable highlights between the flights.
  7. Sort out your visas. Many countries either give visas on entry or don’t require them. Others (such as the US and Australia) can be got pretty much instantly on the internet. Some, however, require you to send off your passport. And the likes of China, India and Vietnam won’t let you in without that magic bit of paper. Every year many people forget to get an Australian visa (which we can do), a US ESTA or an Indian visa and the result can be misery, major delays and substantial additional costs. For further visa advice please visit our visa chart here
  8. If you’re not already covered, start on the jabs. Get your tetanus booster, hepatitis A inoculation and any others – such as Yellow Fever if you’re heading to much of South America or Tanzania. Generally your GP offers the best deal when it comes to innoculations
  9. Apply for frequent flier accounts with the airlines/ airline alliance you’ll be using and get your number added to your ticket.
  10. If you haven’t already, get either a credit card or an extra bank account with a globally recognised debit card (Visa or Mastercard are most widespread). Having a spare card can save an awful lot of pain if one goes missing/ is stolen.
  11. Two months out: If you need to hand in your notice on your rented accommodation/ find tenants for the place you own, now is the time to do it. If you’re planning to sell up, you probably should have done so before booking your tickets
  12. Arrange for gym memberships, utility accounts – such as electricity, gas, telephone – and the like to be closed or put on hold for the expected duration of your trip.
  13. Contact any friends, family or friends-of-friends you may have in the places you’re visiting. Get tips, arrange to meet up and cadge whatever free accommodation you can wangle.
  14. Start buying any specialist gear you want to take with you – be it clothing, walking boots, backpacks, a new camera, adaptors or toiletries. And, just as importantly, test that the electronics work and the rest are broken in before you leave.
  15. Arrange for your post to be stopped or redirected, with any subscriptions cancelled.
  16. If you currently use a work e-mail account, set up a free one that can be accessed worldwide with the likes of Yahoo or Gmail. And, crucially, tell everyone that you’re switching to it.
  17. If required, arrange for a medical appointment and get your malaria tablets. If you’re immediately heading to a malarial zone, you’ll need to start taking them before you leave. In the case of Mefloquine, you should start two-and-a-half weeks before you leave.
  18. 1 month out: Start embarking on your farewell tour – make sure you catch up with all the friends and family you want to see before you go.
  19. Work out how you’re going to get to the airport on the big day. If by train, now’s the cheapest time to book tickets. Make sure you factor in time for things to go wrong (train delays etc).
  20. Get any foreign cash and travellers cheques you’re planning to take. Be careful not to leave this too late – some currencies need to be ordered in. The Post Office do pretty good currency deals these days.
  21. Book your first night’s couple of nights accommodation if you’ve not done so already. The rest can be done on the road, but you really don’t want to have to find somewhere to stay after landing in a strange foreign city on a long haul flight.
  22. Make copies or scans of important documents such as your passport, insurance policy, driving licence and tickets. Give one copy to a family member, store one copy separately from your real documents in a safe part of your bag, and e-mail copies to yourself.
  23. Make a proper packing list and start gathering everything in one place. If something’s missing, go and get/ buy it. If something’s dirty, wash it.
  24. Write down the phone numbers of roundtheworldflights.com, bank lost card helpline and travel insurer in case something goes wrong. Preferably e-mail them to yourself as well.
  25. Set up playlists on your ipod/MP3 player.
  26. 3 days out: Reconfirm or check your first flight with the airline (always a good practice before any flight)...read more
  27. Check your itinerary again in View Trip. The moment you book any RTW flight with roundtheworldflights.com you can take advantage of a specially designed system to look at your itinerary online - it's through our reservation system and it's called View Trip - and it's a very convenient way for you to check your RTW flight itinerary online. To see your RTW itinerary online just click here...read more
  28. Start packing (See our handy list here)
  29. Make sure batteries for phone, MP3 player/ipod, camera etc are fully charged.
  30. Finish packing, checking everything off against your list.
  31. Say those last goodbyes, but resist the urge to get absolutely hammered. Being violently hungover on a long distance flight is an excruciating experience.
  32. Check in online – it’ll save you a lot of time at the airport and allow you to reserve a good seat.
  33. Day of departure: Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, don’t eat too much if you don’t want to feel bloated on the plane, and feel free to yelp with excitement. But get to the airport early (3 hours is normal on most flights!) – the adventure of a lifetime starts today